Worlds of Wonder: Readings in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

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Camille R. La Bossière, Jean-François Leroux
University of Ottawa Press, 2004 - 202 Seiten

Science fiction and fantasy have come to be popular genres for Canadian writers. The work of Margaret Atwood, for example, contains many allusions to science fiction; indeed she has written novels that work explicitly with the tropes of the genre. While some science fiction and fantasy texts are concerned with little more than brains in jars on a distant planet or similarly fabulous Fairy-land fare, many works in both genres have contained penetrating social commentary and cutting-edge narrative techniques.

Worlds of Wonder brings together an array of scholarship on Canadian Science fiction and fantasy as varied as the genres themselves. Collectively, the contributors strive to define the ethos particular to Canadians working in the genres. They pay particular attention to narrative modes, and there are many allusions to such theorists of 'grand narratives' as Northrop Frye, Frank Kermode, Jean-François Lyotard, and Fredric Jameson. Amongst many things, the essays demonstrate that duality and ambiguity are defining characteristics of Canadian science fiction and fantasy.

 

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Introduction
1
Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy and Atwoods Blind Assassin
7
The Canadian Apocalypse
35
William Gibsons Neuromancer and Douglas Couplands Girlfriend in a Coma
47
New Fantasy as a Canadian Postcolonial Genre
57
The Successful Quest for Voice in Guy Gavriel Kays Tigana and Randy Bradshaws The Song Spinner
73
Some Lacanian Speculations About Canadian Fantasy Literature Via Barbara Goowdys The White Bone
81
Boundaries in Sean Stewarts The Night Watch
95
Whats Wrong with the Obvious?
119
A Scientists Relationship with Science Fiction
131
Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Asimovs The Caves of Steel and Sawyers Golden Fleece
139
The Strange and Dangerous Voyage of Captaine Thomas James
147
Le Nord Électrique Travel Book
155
Ideology and Identity in Québecs Science Fiction by Women
167
Denys Chabots Infernal Utopia
181
Canadian Fantasy Literature for Children
189

Intellect and Identity in the Works of Phyllis Gotlieb
105

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Seite 17 - Thus, therefore, the floor of our familiar room has become a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and each imbue itself with the nature of the other.

Über den Autor (2004)

Jean-François Leroux is an associate professor in the Department of English at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. Camille La Bossière is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.

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